Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Putting On a Little Red, White, and Blue

Patriotic decorating is a fantastic way to display your American pride from Memorial Day until the 4th of July. I begin decorating early in May.  Of course, no self respecting farmhouse is complete without bunting falling gracefully from the windows.   The cloth bunting tends to be a little pricey, so I shop the "after" sales.  I probably picked each cloth bunting up for no more than $5.00 each.  Patriotic and thrifty!  Using the large, suction cups keeps the bunting up even in the strongest of winds. 

One of my favorite decorations is this picture my youngest son took.  The American flag in the picture was flown over our nation's capital at the request of Congressman Gene Taylor.  The Bible is opened to Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."  Laying on the Bible is his Eagle Scout badge.  He framed each picture and gave them as gifts to the people who supported him along his path to the rank of Eagle Scout.  Special memories.
My dad is recovering from a recent surgery, so we want to keep him cool and comfortable.  We will be eating inside this year instead of under the oaks.  I think this table setting will do...red chargers, white Pfaltzgraff plates, blue plaid napkins, and of course a few stars for sparkle!


 This little display is on a table in the kitchen.  I love the little chicken and milk bottle.
 This is a little black bench which I picked up at a small shop in Foley, Alabama.  It's decorated with a patriotic basket to welcome our friends to the front doors of Still Woods.
 These are the same wreaths I used last year, so I am itching to do a little updating, but for now, they will do! 

This table usually sits under the front or back porch.  It likes to meander around and is a wonderful table for placing a well read book and offers a place to hold a glass of sweet iced tea on a hot, summer day.  I just love bandanas!

If you stopped by Still Woods at Christmas, you know that I collect nutcrackers.  Here is one of my patriotic nutcrackers displayed beside a "Liberty" plate.

Our reading room is painted a dark blue.  A perfect backdrop for a little patriotic decorating!  My favorite piece in this room is the vintage looking flag display on the table.

I purchased the flag display at this lovely store in Pigeon Forge, TN.  I took a short trip to the mountains in early June and was saddened to see that Rebecca's Thyme is no longer in business.  Isn't this the type of store that makes you want to stop and venture in?  So long, I will miss you!
Other than cloth bunting, no farmhouse is complete without a comfy swing for whiling away the warm summer evenings.  If this swing could talk, it would tell such wonderful tales.  We have had it for so long.  It still has the gnaw marks left by our precious 110 pound dog, Prancer, who is now in doggy heaven. It has swung fretting babies to sleep, been a perfect spot to spin a tale or two, held many a couple holding hands, and is a terrific spot for reading a book.   Today it is showing a little red, white, and blue with a comfy pillow. Perfect spot for an afternoon nap!

I bought two white window frames at a small antique store in D'Iberville, MS and haven't decided what to do with them.  For now, one of them lends a little character to a table set between two rocking chairs on the front porch.  Why don't you stop by and we can sit and chat a spell!

Happy 4th of July and Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse!
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31 comments:

  1. Thank you for visiting me over on my site, Silver alace Farm and Table. I have enjoyed reading through your posts, and am your newest follower. Can't wait to read more! Happy Independence Day!

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  2. Thank you Angela for visiting Still Woods! I am so glad that we are now blogging buddies!
    Blessings from Still Woods

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  3. Hi, I really enjoyed your patriotic post. Great idea to buy the bunting after the 4th. Your porch looks beautiful with the bunting,rockers and hanging fern. I think our Independence Day celebrations will be rained out here. Lots of towns have cancelled or postponed the celebrations because of the rain. Hope you and your family have a fabulous fourth, with good weather. Thanks for stopping by and I'm a new follower of yours. :)
    Babs

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    1. Hi Babs, our festivities may be rained out as well. I am planning on eating inside since the weather may be a little iffy. Thank you for the sweet comments. We do enjoy spending time outside rocking and swinging. It is a great way to spend a quiet morning drinking coffee. Thank you for visiting and come back soon!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  4. Your home is lovingly and beautifully decorated for our patriotic holidays...inside and out. I enjoyed learning about your thoughtful Eagle Scout. What a lovely piece he put together. That will surely be a treasure to be remembered.
    Wishing you and yours An Extraordinary Fourth of July!!

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    1. Thank you Diane! Our youngest Eagle Scout has become quite a photographer. I have some of his other pictures framed and hanging in the house. I thought his gift idea was terrific, but then I am his mom! I am glad that you stopped by to visit and come back anytime.
      Blessings from Still Woods

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  5. You certainly do show your spirit which in turn shows your pride in our country. You're right, no farm house would go without.

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    1. Good Morning Joy! While decorating I often think of the many family members who fought in various wars to keep our lands free...my father is one of those men! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a terrific July 4th!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  6. I enjoyed seeing your decorations, especially the white milk glass with is it red hots? Love your blog background too. Happy 4th to you!

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    1. Hi Patty! I had to look back at the pictures to check out the milk glass. No, those are colored stryofoam balls that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. They have all colors. I also have a set of red glitter that are really pretty. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a wonderful 4th!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  7. Lovely decorations for the 4th!! Enjoy!

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    1. I love decorating for the 4th and do enjoy just sitting and looking at everything. In fact, I am about to get a 2nd scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, take a break, and enjoy looking at my favorite color combination...red, white, and blue!
      Blessings from Still Woods

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  8. Very festive! Winter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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    1. Thank you Pernilla! Isn't our world amazing? While we are celebrating hot weather and summer activities, you are enjoying winter! Hope you have a terrific day and thank you for visiting Still Woods. Come back anytime!

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  9. Love all your patriotic decorations ! Your table looks so pretty !

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    1. Hi Pricilla! Thank you for stopping by Still Woods and leaving your sweet comments. I love decorating outside tables for summer dining events, but we were inside this year. Glad you liked my table. Have a wonderful day and come back to see me soon!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  10. You sure do have some wonderful red/white/blue décor...luv that pillow on the swing. Think I need to hit some after holiday sales to pick some goodies up for next year.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Good Morning Linda,
      Yep, that is the thing to do. I try to visit the craft stores, but also stores like Kohl's. I found all the bunting at Kohl's several years ago. Visited them on Wednesday and they had patriotic table runners, placemats, etc 65% off already! Hope you have good luck in finding a thing or two...or three! Thanks for visiting today and come back soon!
      Blessings from Still Woods

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  11. Oh my - I love your 4th of July décor. So gorgeous - I love all the white, just gives it all such a fresh look. Hope you had a spectacular 4th!

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    1. Hi Jane!
      I love white as well. I have a large collection of milk glass and use it all the time. I didn't take pictures of much of my milk glass for this post, but I have flags and flowers in many places. It does add a "fresh" look! We had a wonderful 4th and I hope you did as well. Thanks for visiting today and come back soon!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  12. I wrote about being patriotic a while ago. Love all your red, white and blue.
    Balisha

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    1. Hi Balisha. I think I could decorate with red, white, and blue all year! Thank you for stopping by.
      Blessings from Still Woods

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  13. All your red white and blue is great - but I love the little table with the bandana :-)

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    1. Hi Vicki! So glad you dropped by our little farmhouse. I agree with you, that little black table with the watering can and bandana is one of my favorite pictures. Don't you just love bandanas?! They are so colorful, cheerful, and can be used a napkins, scarfs, tablecloths, you name it. Have a wonderful day!
      Blessings from Still Woods

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  14. Great post, I love your background. That is the story of my life, I was so worried about photos esp. since I use my phone. But Picasso made life easier for me. You did great on your collage. Congratulations. Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy! I will have to give Picasso a try. I was told about the program by somebody else. Thanks for the collage compliment and have a wonderful week!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  15. Wow, I love your patriotic decorations! I will be on the hunt for some bunting this year too! (I need to check on those after-sales...any recommendations on where?) So nice of you to visit my blog, I am glad to come visit you too. And I love your blog name. :)
    Carrie

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    1. Hi Carrie! So glad you stopped by for a visit. I purchased my bunting at Kohl's. I would also try Micheal's Craft store and Hobby Lobby. Lowe's probably has it as well. I saw bunting at Micheal's today, but our store does not have it on sale yet (still around $29.99). Hope you have find a good deal. Come back and visit me anytime.
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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  16. Hi Carrie! So glad you stopped by for a visit. I purchased my bunting at Kohl's. I would also try Micheal's Craft store and Hobby Lobby. Lowe's probably has it as well. I saw bunting at Micheal's today, but our store does not have it on sale yet (still around $29.99). Hope you have find a good deal. Come back and visit me anytime.
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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